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, this is "world business today." we're following two big stories for you this friday, march 18th. >>> in japan, urgent attempts to avert a nuclear crisis enter a second week at the fukushima daiichi plant. workers douse one of the rea reactors with a water cannon. >>> in libya, gunfire in benghazi. but this time in celebration. rebels are rejoicing. but fears of retaliation by moammar gadhafi's forces are pushing the price of oil higher of. >>> so let's go straight to one of our top stories. the u.n. security council has put moammar gadhafi on notice that it will no longer permit his military bombardment of rebel positions from the air. while the council approved a no-fly zone on thursday authorizing "all necessary measures to protect civilians," libyan's ambassador to the united nations warmly welcomed thursday's revolution. he sides with the opposition and has called on gadhafi to step down. >> i would like to start by thanking the members of the security council for the resolution today. it is a clear message -- it is a clear message to the libyan people that they are not alone, that the in
of american expertise with regard to nuclear energy that's being called upon to help in japan. tonight we've learned of another american resource that's being looked into, the super soaker, the converted 747 used to drop huge amounts of water on wildfires. we talked with the company that runs it tonight and they say they're in talks with what role they could play. they likely wouldn't be used to put out fires at the plants, but might play a role in dealing with the radiation. they promise more information tomorrow. >> thank you, gavin. let's check in now with jeff ranieri checking the weather patterns and what that impact may be with us, especially now that we're talking so much about radiation concerns. >> as that radiation continues to get emitted into the atmosphere, we see weather systems over japan keeping this suppressed to the surface, as we head toward the next 48 hours, we're going to see a shift in the atmosphere that's going to allow some of the radiation to go into the higher levels, something to keep in mind here in california, that radiation will weaken quite a bit over a 59
: japan's disaster is raising questions about u.s. nuclear liability and the yen's continued surge as we continue our coverage of the japanese crisis. you're watching nightly business report for thursday, march 17th. >> this is nightly business this is "nightly business report" with susie gharib and tom hudson. "nightly business report" is made possible by: this program is made possible by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> tom: good evening, thanks for joining us tonight. president obama said today japan's nuclear crisis won't affect the united states, susie. >> susie: you know, tom, the president spoke this afternoon from the white house rose garden and said he doesn't expect a nuclear radiation to be a risk for people inside the united states. >> i want to be very clear. we do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the united states, whether it's the west coast, hawaii, alaska or u.s. territories in the pas civic. >> susie: besides japan's nuclear crisis a big spike in the japanese yen is creating a currency crisis. finance ministers from a
territories. >> president obama echoes the message of calm for the american people and support for japan. but did he wait too long? >> president obama's under fire for sticking to his schedule. is he showing admirable discipline, or is it looking like a failure of leadership? >> especially with the espn picks. >> contribute to help the people who have been devastated in japan. >> i was impressed with his picks and his knowledge of players, but that wasn't what the american people needed to see yesterday. >> yesterday president obama called japan's prime minister to discuss the crisis. >> we've got a president who on top of this knows he's got to turn this economy around. >> in some ways the president just can't -- you can't win sometimes. >> the japanese government's credibility continues to sink by the day. >> two very different pieces of advice between the u.s. government and the japanese government -- >> american leaders may be saying what japanese citizens are not hearing. >> there's a tradition in japan of sort of toning down bad news. >> who's in charge of this response effort? is
>>> disaster in japan. efforts to control that crippled nuclear power plant have failed. officials admit burying the reactors in cement may be the only option left. as japan remembers the devastating quake and tsunami that hit one week ago today, changing their country forever. >>> and the battle for libya. the u.n. security council gives the okay for international military action against moammar gadhafi's forces. military action against moammar gadhafi's forces. but is it too little, too late? captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning, everybody, and thanks for joining us, i'm betty nguyen. the nuclear crisis in japan moves into its second week. and this morning, the head of the u.n.'s nuclear energy agency says japan is racing against the clock. here's the latest. engineers hope to reconnect electricity to at least two of the reactors at the fukushima daiichi power plant sometime today. but, it is unclear if any of the cooling systems will work. smoke is rising from reactor number 2, but officials don't know why. fire trucks are now being used to spray water on the plant, and att
.com. tomorrow night, friday night, we'll be here. >>> we're back with live breaking news. japan says it will accept technical help from the u.s. to fight the nuclear crisis. right now, it's a race to keep the reactors cool while getting the power back on. it could be the lifeline japan needs. >> we're bringing all available resources there to appropriately monitor the situation and protect american citizens. >> fear is growing in california and hawaii, and finally, the president speaks. >> i want to be very clear, we do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the united states. >> you're going to hear the president calm fears. >> let me rebeat that, we do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the west coast. >> no radiation, anyway, on incoming cargo or passengers. >> they have partially reinstated power to the plant. >> president obama echoes the message of calm for the people of japan, but did he wait too long? >> he's under fire for sticking to his schedule. is he showing admirable discipline, or is it looking like a failure of leadership? >> i was impressed with
in this story. >>> that frantic battle to contain a nuclear situation growing more serious by the moment. japan is asking the u.s. for help and a very, very small particle of radiation has reached the united states. japan just raised the level of this nuclear incident from a 4 to a 5, although other experts had already pegged it at a 6 on the scale of 7. nuclear experts have been saying for days, japan is underplaying this crisis. here are the official numbers. 6,539 people are dead. of course that number has been climbing steadily. right now, another 10,354 people still missing. as japan struggles to deal with the aftermath of this disaster, 410,000 people are living in shelters or with friends because they have no homes to go to or had to leave the contamination zone. take a look at this new video. it is the closest look we had at japan's troubled fukushima nuclear complex. it's the reason why many people are leaving. a diplomat just told the associated press that a miniscule levels of radiation have reached california's coast. although he says it's, quote, about a billion times beneath level
>>> the experts are down playing concerns about radiation reaching california as japan suspends helicopter air drops at the crippled nuclear plant. good evening everyone i'm frank somerville. >> and i'm julie haener. low levels of radiation from japan are riding the winds over the pacific tonight. sounds ominous but is it? debra villalon joins us tonight where the department of health is monitoring the air for radiation levels in the area. >> reporter: the department is monitoring changes in the atmosphere. if the radiation does arrive, scientists here will be among the first to know. it's expected to hit our coast as early as tomorrow. so diluted. radiation will be more minuscule than measurable. >> we understand everybody's concern, radiation is scary stuff. >> reporter: officials cannot say it enough, they see no health hazards. >> i'm not sure that the vision or the model of a plume this far away is -- >> no one can predict what is going to happen at the plant tomorrow. >> reporter: that uncertainty is why so much technology at so many locations is aimed at sniffing out radi
with the espn picks. >> contribute to help the people who have been devastated in japan. >> i was impressed with his picks and his knowledge of players, but that wasn't what the american people needed to see yesterday. >> american leaders may be saying what japanese citizens are not hearing. >> who's in charge of this response effort? is it the government? is it tepco? >> reporter: these are the decisions that keep you alive. stay in the car or run for it. safety agency says smoke is rising from its number two nuclear reactor. this follows some very rare news and good news i might add. sendai, japan, where up to 600 americans have been stranded since the devastating earthquake and tsunami struck the region last friday. overnight, the state department authorized the voluntary evacuation of family members and dependents of american officials. one flight took off today, carrying just under 100 people. dallas-fort worth and chicago's o'hare airports have both reported radiation detected on planes arriving from japan. officials, though, say they were extremely low levels of radiation that should
radiation from the failing reactor in japan may reach the california coast today, but u.c. berkeley engineers say it's already here. should you be worried? >> the live look at the embarcadero, we have light showers, tracking heavier showers and thunder around the bay area. i'll show you where. >> good morning, roads are wet and we have road work on the dumbarton and bay bridge. details coming up. >> good friday morning. it is 4:30. we do have some rain in the area as mike told you. i saw a guy jogging when i came to work. >> that is dedication. >> let's check in with mike. >> it is pretty active with healthy cells in marin county where we have yellows showing up around vallejo and downed 680 and 780 as you move into the western section all was the do i town half moon bay. let's take a look at the north bay. this is where a little lightning strike around fort ross earlier and now over to healdsburg, increase in rain there. as we look at the bay, couple of storms to the left. those will arrive in about 45 minutes. south bay is rather quiet. you'll get your rain, as a matter of time. i
authorizing all necessary measures. we'll have that coming up. three reactors with partial meltdowns in japan and the desperate attempt to stop the worst from happening. and there is breaking news at this hour. the united nations security council has voted to allow the u.n.'s member nations to take military action against libya. the vote opens the door for the united states to begin air strikes against libya at any time. the "new york times" reporting u.s. officials in the obama administration began to believe a no fly zone by itself would make no difference. these officials, "the times" reporting says began pushing for what's called a no drive zone, specifically the use of u.s. military air strikes to cut down gadhafi's ground forces to tanks and heavy artillery. the u.s. push for tonight's vote on the security council. the resolution approved 10-0 with five countries abstaining says that the u.n., quote, will take all necessary measures to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack in libya including bin ghazi. if you're worried about u.s. ground forces going into
as soon as we get it. >>> top u.s. nuclear officials say it could take days even weeks to get japan's nuclear plant contained. officials have tried to use even water cannons. this is an animated model that shows what could happen to the plume of radiation from that damaged japanese reactor. federal officials say this does not pose a danger but here on the coast, scientists are keeping a watchful eye on that plume. as more people head out of japan into the united states, passengers are coming under new scrutiny as security agents begin screening for radiation. >>> meanwhile, president obama has been trying to reassure americans that we are safe. they don't expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the west coast or any other part of the united states. >> further more the centers of disease control do not recommend the people of the united states take precautionary measures beyond staying informed. >> the president also promised to keep americans up to date on the crisis in japan. >>> the california department of public health today joined with all of the others who were saying that
'lin sana'a. rick: the president addressing the japan crisis during a news conference. >> i want to be very clear, we do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the united states, whether iting the west coast, hawaii, alaska, or u.s. territories in the pacific. rick: officials in japan are calling it a race against time. we have video for you of water being dropped into the overheating reactors at the fukushima plant. this is something that has not proven successful in the past. japan is raising the severity of the situation from a 4 to a 5. the government is acknowledging that it was overwhelmed and continues to be overwhelmed by the situation. gavin blair is on the phone from japan. i understand you are traveling to sendai, which is one of the areas hardest hit by this catastrophy. >> reporter: we just popped through the u.s. exclusion zone or the japanese he can collusion zone. it has been reclassified up to a 5. the chopper missions to drop water has had minimal effect on cool the plant. they tried hosing the plant with fire engines. but apparently the fire truck hoses couldn't
>>> on the broadcast tonight, the desperate measures under way to get the nuclear crisis in japan under control. >>> and president obama tells americans there's no threat from radiation coming across the pacific. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> a special good evening to our viewers joining us in the west. while the japanese deal with a staggering humanitarian crisis, they are now engaging in a last-resort effort to stop perhaps multiple meltdowns at nuclear reactors. and today president obama had to reassure the american public especially those along the west coast, that these fears of some sort of radioactive cloud coming across the pacific just aren't true. here now the latest on the disaster in japan. desperate measures now under way to lessen the nuclear disaster. while tonight japanese officials are saying they have rare good news of some levels stabilizing, late today we got the first look at the reactors close up. this new video of a helicopter fly-over showing the destruction. then there are the numbers. just under 5700 dead, ju
. >> i'm sarah kelly with the business news, welcome. our top stories at this hour -- in japan, the military has used wear from firefighters to cool reactors. the ieae says it has stabilized, but it could still worsen. the security council is voting on libya as the gaddafi forces push into rebel-held territory. the u.n.'s nuclear watch dog says efforts made by japan to cool reactor it's and fuel rods at the fukushima power plant have stabilized the situation but warning it could deteriorate. engineers have worked through the night to install a power line for water pumps needed to cool two reactors and a storage site for spent nuclear fuel rods. helicopters have also been dumping water on overheating reactors to stave off a meltdown. fire trucks have also joined in the effort. >> japan has been pinning a lot of its hopes on these trucks. they can get within 80 meters of the reactor. the trucks have repeatedly doused the pool with water as shown in this graphic from japanese tv. authorities were guarded about the operation's success. some reports say radiation levels have risen s
are coming out with adoration for japan which is strange because they have been enemies of japan and they are not getting along. just before the earthquake is it chairman mao went, you know what, guys i have have to come back, we have been robbed. i believe the traditional allies in the world are switching places. a strange case of musical chairs, the axis of the earth is changing. tonight, i will focus on japan but we're not going to focus on the economy side, the economic side is getting worse by the day and honda announced it will not re-open plants in japan. sony put their plans to re-open on hold. and louisiana is being affected. g.m. is shutting a plant down in louisiana because they cannot get parts from japan. the worst part is, we're in the doing anything to get us on track. we as a people have to decide. we have to decide. this is the point of the show tonight. who are we? what can we control? we cannot control the government. we foe that. we know they are trying to control us. we can still try to hold their feet to the fire. but we can control one thing in life. us. ou
particles from japan have reached the bay area. they detected it on the student monitors here, i'll tell you if you should be worried coming up. >> live look at golden gate bridge this morning. we've had rain and showers move through. i'm tracking two strong storms that will move through our area in three days. flooding is possible, hail, thunder, maybe power outages. >> road are wet. we've seen a couple of spinouts. >> and libya with frozen airspace after united nations security council votes to put a no-fly zone over the country. >> got some rain out there. possibly slick roads. i'm eric thomas. >> i'm kristen sze. let's talk about that. mike, what is going on? >> we have showers. we talked about showers ahead of the main line. that is exactly what we're dealing with. some of those are stronger and oranges on the radar but seeing some of this tape earned a not be quite as strong. in fact, we had a couple lightning bolts, as it's moving through santa rosa and st. helena, same thing around san rafael heading over 37 around novato and then heading over 37 toward vallejo. then light rain aroun
unitedations enacts a no-fly zone over libya. and here in japan, waiting to see if a nuclear catastrophe can be averted. i'm shepard smith. we'll be with you throughout the night during prime time for continuing updates. this is fox news channel, america's choice for news and information. our thanks to nhk in japan. >> bill: "the o'reilly factor" is on. tonight: >> the obama administration and the american government clearly isn't trusting what's coming misleang the world about the nuclear danger in the country? we analyze this explosive situation and we'll hear both sides. [crying] [siren] >> good boy. >> also, glenn beck, lou dobbs, and ann coulter each have unique takes on the situation in japan. they will all be here. >> the commander and chief barack hussein obama is not marching in the same parade much less an as the same martin luther king. >> bill: and he's back. obama bashing once again. but, should anyone care what reverend jeremiah wright is saying? >> you are about to enter the no-fly zone, -- no spin zone. the factor begins right now. >> i'm bill o'reilly. thanks
,ioioioioioioioioioioioioio. our thanks to nhk in japan. >> bill: "the o'reilly factor" is on. tonight: >> the obama administration and the american government clearly isn't trusting what's coming out of the japanese government. >> bill: is that true? is the japanese government misleading the world about the nuclear danger in the country? we analyze this explosive situation and we'll hear both sides. [crying] [siren] >> good boy. >> also, glenn beck, lou dobbs, and ann coulter each have unique takes on the situation in japan. they will all be here. >> the commander and chief barack hussein obama is not marching in the same parade much less an as the same martin luther king. >> bill: and he's back. obama bashing once again. but, should anyone care what reverend jeremiah wright is saying? >> you are about to enter the no-fly zone, -- no spin zone. the factor begins right now. >> i'm bill o'reilly. thanks for watching us tonight. is japan misloading the world about the nuke danger? that is the subject of this evening's talking points memo. according to a number of reports, there is disagreement between the u.s.a. and
at high point road. now back to you. >>> japan is reaching to the united states asking for help to avert a nuclear crisis. linda so is here to join us about the startling admission japanese officials are making this morning. >> reporter: well, japanese engineers say they might have to bury the nuclear plant in sand and crone crete. it may be -- concrete. it mate be the -- it may be the only way to avoid a catastrophic release of radiation. the rate something on par with what happened in 1979. emergency workers in japan have gotten desperate using water cannons and helicopters to cool the troubled reactors. one expert says it's like using a squirt gun to put out a forest fire. but there is good news this morning. operators at the nuclear plant connected a power line to the complex. they are hoping that line will restart the water pumps needed to cool down the reactors. if that doesn't work, the u.s. is flying in five high pressure water pumps. here at home, the u.s. put up radiation detectors along the west coast just in case. >> there's a lot of space between here and japan, so we don't
: box number one, japan's government raising the threat level of the damaged nuclear plant. box two, we hear that the japanese officials considering the so-called chernobyl opening to bring the plant under control. live coverage and what that may mean ahead. box three: president obama getting ready for a five-day trip to south america in the middle of all that is happening in japan and the middle east and right here at home. we will discuss the timing with chris wallace. that is ahead unless breaking news changes everything. in "studio b" today. and from japan the government has officially raised the threat level of the badly damaged fukushima nuclear power plant from a level 4 to a level 5 and that is on an international scale of 7 and it puts it on par with the disaster at three mile island. the worst nuclear accident in american history. for context, a level 5 nuclear emergency entails severe damage to a reactor core; the release of massive amount of radiation and high problem deficit of significant public exposure," and several deaths from radiation, and from the director of the pow
't -- the problems doesn't seem to end for japan. now serious fears of radiation. the situation there and the efforts to get americans out safely. >>> and the buzzer. >> oh, the buzzer beaters. upsets last second desperation shots. did you see the butler game? thanks for joining us. i am megan pringle. charley is on go in st. michael, lucky guy because the weather will be beautiful today. meteorologist lynette charles is filling in for justin berk. always lovely to have you here. >> thank you. i love being here with you guys. we are looking at some fabulous weather for today. fabulous friday. we will take it. we will going to be way above average and warm. temperatures in the mid-70s. it's going to be a little breezy but so what. we have sunshine out there. we have temperatures in the mid- 70s. we have a chance for showers possible early on saturday. but they get out quickly. if they do come, we will see high pressure bring in the sunshine. as we look at maryland's most powerful radar, it will stay dry throughout the day. make sure to get out and take advantage of today because you know what, a good
japan'is's eye view of damaged nuclear plant. the effort to cool it goes on. people living near this facility flee for safety. japan fears as many as 15,000 may have died. welcome to "bbc world news." forces come to's benghazi. he delivers a radio message. >> we are coming on this happy day. tomorrow, benghazi will change and there will again be a fun, dance, and cries of joy. >> has japanese nuclear engineers battle to prevent a disaster, there is no let up. half a million people made homeless by friday's earthquake and tsunami. more supplies are reaching survivors. many still lack basic necessities. dozens of the evacuation centers have been set up. thousands were forced to flee from the nuclear exclusion zone. >> they come seeking refuge. fleeing tradition of's nuclear plant -- fukushima's nuclear plant and carrying what is most precious to them. there is a chance for radiation. more than 1000 have arrived here already. there are reunions. exhaustion and relief. this family was just 5 miles from the damaged reactor. as they made it here, the fuel in their car was running out.
>> top story japan. the latest set of libya they have closed airspace to all traffic. >> live from the bay area news station this is the kron 4 morning news. >> i'm just teen it is finally friday march 18th, a big storm system that are we right now let's get the very latest. >> james: we have traffic moving well, it is getting what on the roadways. our assignment manager is saying it wasn't wet when he woke up but now is getting wet. lets take a quick look at the storm trucker for. a lot of rain to our north. the lower sections of it starting to bring in the rain. heavy stuff north of san rosa coming our way, we have a decent selling for san francisco right now. i took the measurement of the rainfall rates, we are in the half inch per hour range. it is tracking in general from the north to the south although there is the west-east slant to it. keep track of that and we will let you know how and tetzel's ranch chores are. the peninsula also seen light grain right now. we are seeing a flood watch now in affect for solano county. this flood watch is in effect until sunday night, frida
beck, lou dobbs, and ann coulter each have unique takes on the situation in japan. they will all be here. >> the commander and chief barack hussein obama is not marching in the same parade much less an as the same martin luther king. >> bill: and he's back. obama bashing once again. but, should anyone care what reverend jeremiah wright is saying? >> you are about to enter the no-fly zone, -- no spin zone. the factor begins right now. >> i'm bill o'reilly. thanks for watching us tonight. is japan misloading the world about the nuke danger? that is the subject of this evening's talking points memo. according to a number of reports, there is disagreement between the u.s.a. and japan over how dangerous the nuclear leak situation really is. the u.s. military has ordered military personnel to be 50 miles away from the leaking reactors. japan is an 18-mile warning zone. and the obama administration is sending private planes into japan to evacuate americans if they want to leave. now, in public, both governments say they are in synch with each other. some in the media dispute that. >> th
in libya. also breaking news on the deteriorating situation in japan. so welcome, once again, to "american morning." it's been a week now since all of this happened. the tsunami, the earthquake, the number of dead in japan continuing to rise as hopes fade of finding any more survivors amid the rubble. in the meantime, the radiation concerns are spreading, as well. crews are now desperately trying to cool down fuel at one nuclear reactor. the number of dead has climbed to 6,500 people. and the search grows more frantic with 10,000 people still missing. >>> turning to fast-moving developments in libya, stopping gadhafi. britain, france, and the u.s. are scrambling to enforce a no-fly zone over libya now that the u.n. security council has authorized all necessary measures. cnn international correspondent nic robertson is live in tripoli. good morning, nic. >> reporter: good morning, christine. well, we've already heard from the deputy foreign minister here who says he doesn't expect immediate air strikes here, but wouldn't say what preparations the army or anyone else in the country may be ta
in japan where it morning now and smoke is still billowing from a damaged nuclear power plant. workers have been trying everything to cool reactors there. but at this point, they're not even sure if their methods are working. the plan now to use fire trucks to spray even more water on that plant. president obama is assuring americans, meanwhile, that harmful doses of radiation will not make it to the united states. here in the bay area, air quality leaders are monitoring radiation levels, and so far everything is normal. but some people aren't taking chances. many getting out. nbc bay area's george kiriyama who is first bay area reporter on the scene there in japan when the disaster unfolded, well, tonight he's back and he's sharing his experience with us coming up in just moments. >> now george left japan because of concerns over radiation but it seems those concerns have followed him stateside. many people in the bay area are wondering, just what risk do we face? >> well, tracking that impact of the radiation from japan. one dispersion model. that's actually the name. shows slightly eleva
effort to stop moammar gadhafis crackdown. >>> in japan, one week since the quake and tsunami call on the u.s. for more help. the non-stop battle. >>> japan's newest heroes, firefighters volunteering to fight the nuclear monster. >>> good morning. we begin with breaking news in the middle east. the u.s. and allies are preparing for a military strike against the government of moammar gadhafi. >> it comes after a vote from the u.n. security council to protect civilians at all costs. good morning, emily. >> reporter: good morning to you. for weeks now, the world condemned moammar gadhafi's people. now this puts force behind the words. four decades of moammar gadhafi's rule are challenged with a vote. >> translator: ten votes in favor. zero votes against. >> reporter: the u.n. security council voted a no-fly zone to protect rebels. >> this resolution demands an immediate cease-fire and an end to violence and attacks to civilians. >> reporter: this comes weeks after rebel resis tense. gadhafi said attacks are imminent. he said we are coming. we are looking for the traitors and should ha
an earthquake and tsunami slammed japan and we're still getting new video from the day of the disaster. a man if you check this out was driving along the coastal highway last friday when the tsunami jumped the sea wall, swamped his car. his car floated in to a parking lot, but he managed z to get to safety. >>> japan's nuclear agency today raised the fukushima disaster to crisis level five on a one to seven scale. this puts it on par with the three mile island nuclear accident back in 1979. but it is still below the chernobyl disaster which topped the scale at level seven. >>> crews are using helicopters, fire trucks to pour tons of water on the nuclear plant for a second day now. while they try to cool the plant, electricians are trying to hook up a new mile long power line to bring the cooling systems for two reek reactors back on line. >>> people who fled the coast are beginning to trickle back. you can imagine when they see what is left of their homes. >> translator: i have no words to express my feelings. i lost my mind. we will have to start from zero. >> here is a look at what's ahead
are watching "world one." >>> coming up, one week after japan was hit by an earthquake and then a tsunami, efforts to stop nuclear reactors from overheating are going ahead nonstop. >>> a moment of silence in the tsunami zone, over 6,000 people are now known to have died, and over 10,000 are still missing. >>> and for the people who have survived, life still tough. not only homeless, many of them are also short of basic necessities. >>> we begin in libya where rebels desperate for help have been given help after an historic vote at the u.n. the future of libya remains uncertain, but the international community has spoken and the message could be a game-changer for moammar gadhafi. richard roth has details on the diplomatic action from new york. >> reporter: it was a dramatic cliff hanger, susan rice had to work the phones to win enough support for passage of a resolution authorizing a no-fly zone over libya backed by military force. >> this resolution should send a strong message to colonel gadhafi and his regime that the violence must stop, the killing must stop, and the people of libya
♪ >>> this morning on "early today," desperate measures. the world watches and waits as japan tries to contain its nuclear crisis. >>> survival instinct, incredible new video of heroic rescues during last week's catastrophic tsunami. >>> and royal jewel, the see-through dress that caught a prince's eye sells for a see-through dress that caught a prince's eye sells for a whopping sum. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation. i'm lynn berry. today, we begin with a race against the clock. japan raise the the a virity rating of the nuclear crisis from four to five putting it on par with the three mile island disaster of 1979. japan is desperately trying to reconnect power to critical cooling systems at the fukushima power plant. fire engines are blasting tons of water into the hot zone. nbc's brian moore reports. >> reporter: tons of water, the difference between salvation and catastrophe at japan's stricken nuclear plant. >> the situation remains very serious. but there's been no significant worsening since yest
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japan crews are trying to prevent a nuclear melt down. u.s. officials are trying to calm the nerves of americas who fear radiation can reach the west coast. >> we don't expect it to reach the west coast. >> we have the latest developments from the nuclear power plant, plus how one government age agency is beefing up radiation detection. >> crews are working around the clock at the fukushima dai-ichi nuclear power plant. the crews are working to reconnect electricity to the cooling system to cool the rods. other crews are spraying and dumping water on the nuclear few. smoke can be seen from building number 2 right now. the cause is not known but a explosion hit the building on tuesday. it is possible the cooling chamber is damaged. low levels of radiation have been detected beyond tokyo, which is 140 miles south of the nuclear power plant. u.s. is warning americans to leave the country and the government is offering voluntary evacuations. today president obama spoke about the situation in japan. this is video of president obama visiting the japanese embassy. the president wrote a mes
, alarm. the nuclear warning level in japan is raised as these brave men march head long into the worst nuclear disaster of the century. the faces of the heroes of fukushima, unknown, unnamed, facing certain exposure to radiation levels on the rise. their story, just ahead. >>> and this hour, a new crisis developing on the sands of north africa. the united states and its allies, great britain and france, along with other arab nations have now made it clear to libya's dictator, colonel gadhafi that his offensive against rebel forces is over. air asefsets of great britain a france are being rushed to the region to enforce a new no-fly zone and five u.s. navy warships are steaming off libya's coast, set to take offensive action to enforce it. the president's speaking at the white house just a short time ago, said there would be no negotiation and that colonel gadhafi had to cease attacking his own people or pay the consequences. >> these terms are not subject to negotiation. if gadhafi does not comply with the resolution, the international community will impose consequences. and the resolu
a damaged nuclear reactor in japan. it is a desperate effort to prevent spent fuel rods from over heating. smoke billowing from the reactor but the cause is unclear. good evening everyone. crews are also close to reconnecting electricity at 2 of those reactor which could help with the cooling. >> japan now agreed to accept technical help from the u.s. and the head of the international atomic energy agency just arrived. latest picture rae veal how far gone the reactor really are. explosion and blazing heat have reduced the unit to rav sanjay gupta skeleton. emergency worker continue desperate effort to drown the over heated core with sea water from the air and from the ground using water cannon made to subdue rioters. flight operators put in a new power line to restore electricity and get water pump working again. if that fails the pentagon has shipped in american pumps. workers have to operate them continuing to defy death. in reactor 4 the water in the fuel rod pool is critically low if any left. without water the rod ignite and send smoke into the atmosphere. reactor 3 a 5 foo
the u.s. will now lead military action to stop gadhafi's brutal crackdown. and in japan, the nuclear crisis goes up a notch, increased to a higher alert level. what will it take to cool down those reactors and prevent a nuclear meltdown. our teams are on the ground across the world and "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. tonight we have to take you on something of a tour of the world to cover the overwhelming amount of news going on. and while we have been focused on the disaster in japan, where the nuclear alert level actually went up a notch today, while it's been going on for exactly a week tonight, instead we must begin tonight back in libya. today president obama announced that on top of the two wars the u.s. is fighting, the united states will now take the lead on possible military action in libya. the u.n. approved it last night. it started out as a no-fly zone but has grown into something perhaps bigger. a nato ultimatum of gadhafi of libya that the president says is non-negotiable. gadhafi declared a cease fire today but
'm harry smith. also tonight, one week after japan's earthquake and tsunami a big break for the engineers trying to prevent a nuclear meltdown. and kids from around america and haiti, too, do what they can to help the people of japan. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> smith: good evening, katie is on assignment. president obama delivered a warning today to libyan dictator moammar qaddafi: stop slaughtering your people or face military action. the united states will help enforce a no-fly zone approved last night by the u.n. security council, but no american ground troops will be sent to libya. french and british warplanes could be in the air over libya by tomorrow. hours after the u.n. resolution passed, the qaddafi regime declared a cease-fire, but his forces reportedly kept shelling two cities-- misurata and ajdabiya. and there are also reports that qaddafi's forces are headed toward benghazi, the rebels' capital. david martin at the pentagon begins our coverage. david, good evening. >> reporter:
extraordinary. and because of the situation in japan, because of the collapse of the infrastructure in japan and the incredible post-tsunami effects on the nuclear plants along the japanese coast. this terrible catastrophe. we're going to talk about it, what could have been, whast, et cetera. linda, what do you think the administration has been on this? >> i think the administration has been doing what it can to contain the catastrophe as much as it can. speaking about communicating, well that's a different story. you know it's quite interesting that the president has visited the japanese embassy, but the messaging i think has been a little bit passive. could we say that? >> he lacks the feel your pain. >> i think that's a perfect description, yes. >> he also lacks reassurance of americans. we have 104 operating reactors here doing beautiful work. but he hasn't really made us feel good about them. >> right. >> more frightened of them. >> response has been quite muted. joe, as a journalist and someone who's been talking about this, i know day after day in your three hours that you do every da
at conditions for you this morning. >>> overnight the nuclear crisis in japan grows more critical. what is being done right now to prevent disaster. >>> and a major announcement on the beta breakers about the future of the race. it's all ahead on the ktvu morning news. >>> and good morning, thank you for waking up with us it's friday, march 18th i'm pam cook. pretty rainy overnight. is there a storm heading our way? let's check in with steve paulson. >> we do have the leading edge of a system beginning to move in. there are bursts of moderate rain but it will pick up. right now i want to give you a look at the system. we will have moderate rain. real quick let's put this in motion. there are area where is the rain is starting to pick up a little bit especially toward san francisco and the san mateo coast marin county. for an up state of what's going on and conditions on the wind it's claudine wong. >> reporter: good morning, steve. we are over here at four point in san francisco because we know the high surf advisory is coming here today. they are crashing here this morning. sometimes it felt li
>> susie: from unrest in libya to uncertainty in japan, how the unknown is coloring the outlook for oil prices. >> tom: and we get the latest from japan, one week after its deadly earthquake and tsunami. you're watching "nightly business report" for friday, march 18. this is "nightly business report" with susie gharib and tom hudson. "nightly business report" is made possible by: this program is made possible by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. captioning sponsored by wpbt >> susie: good evening, everyone. president obama put libya on notice today saying the u.s. and its allies are ready for military action. tom, the president's message was aimed at libyan leader moammar qaddafi. >> tom: susie, speaking at the white house, president obama said qaddafi must end the violence and pull back troops from towns under attack. >> let me be clear, these terms are not negotiable. if qaddafi does not comply, the resolution will be enforced through military action. >> susie: ahead of the president's warning, libya said it's ceasing all military action and w
attention to the development now in japan. so many stories happening in japan and the bay area. the battle continues. >> there is a measure of success to tell you about where engineers have laid down the portion of a power line to that damaged reactor at the fukushima power plant. that line could help restore the cooling system which all of them were damaged in last week's earthquake and the tsunami. so far it is only a prekacautio. federal officials say it will not reach harmful levels right here. airports are screening passengers. full radiation so far and no levels have been detected. american 747 used to fight fires will be part of the effort to contain the radiation in japan. unclear, though, at this point how it will be involved. it will not be part of water drops directly into the are reactors. robert is in tokyo tonight with more on the latest. >> reporter: dramatic pictures on japanese television showed military helicopters dropping water on one of the reactors. the water often missing its mark. the company that owns the plant said the drastic move which exposed the pilots to radi
populated areas. it's not over. it's incredibly difficult technically and for people here in japan and around the world. there are arguments about the quality of information and disagreements among u.s. and japanese engineers how to proceed, even though it is japan's reactors. >> when we talk about the fact they changed the level from 4 to 5, what goes onto the science and reasoning behind why they felt they needed to raise this level? >> it's simple. three-mile island, i would say this is worse of three-mile island. three-mile island released almost no radiation. three-mile island was bad because it was only caught at the last minute before there was a huge melting of the core of the reactor. the definition of the levels, it doesn't just affect the reactor but affects the surrounding areas with bits of radiation being found japan in miniscule amounts in the plume across the pacific ocean. >> bob bazell, thank you very much. this situation becoming dire. explain if the fuel rods in one or more of the reactors have, in fact, been exposed, what does that mean? can they still be coole
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